The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 15, 2013

Snyder County gets $3,456 for federal inmates

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — Snyder County has been reimbursed more than $3,000 for housing federal inmates during the 16-day government shutdown last month.

Prison board members were concerned that the county jail would not be reimbursed the cost of housing three inmates for the U.S. Marshal’s Service during the government shutdown between Oct. 1 and 16.

Sheriff Joseph Reigle Jr. suggested the county stop accepting federal inmates if the government failed to pay the $72 per day for each inmate in custody during that time.

On Thursday, the board was informed the October bill was paid in full, including the $3,456 that accumulated during the shutdown.

The board also learned there was no lapse in receiving $1,200 in incentive pay for October from the government in exchange for alerting the Social Security Administration about inmates in custody who receive SSI.

In other business, Commissioner Joe Kantz told the board that he intends to recommend spending more than $150,000 in 2014 for security, lighting and parking lot upgrades at the prison.